Tag: Tree facts

Yellow Walking Iris: Does it walk really?
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Yellow Walking Iris: Does it walk really?

November 14, 2021

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Iris is a general term for more than 250 species of flowering plants. A few among them are called  Walking Irises. The name implies the plants walk. In fact they get the name from the propagation method. When the flowers fade plantlets (baby plants) develop  on extended…

Paradise Tree: A tree for health & wealth
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Paradise Tree: A tree for health & wealth

August 22, 2021

By Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy Trees of multi-utility value are grown and managed for more than one product/ output. Commonly known as Multi-Purpose Trees (MPTs), they fulfil several needs of human beings. One such tree is ‘Paradise tree’ also known as  ‘Simarouba’, ‘Oil tree’, ‘Dysentery-bark’, ‘Bitterwood’,  ‘Aceituno’ etc. It is a versatile tree as almost all…

Golden Thryallis: A graceful shrub
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Golden Thryallis: A graceful shrub

June 13, 2021

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Looking for a charming ornamental shrub with blooms round the year? Then opt for the ‘Golden Thryallis’, a  gorgeous low-maintenance ornamental shrub. True to its name, this graceful shrub provides golden touch to any garden with its numerous yellow racemes and glittering foliage. It is also called…

May Flower(s) paint the city red!
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May Flower(s) paint the city red!

May 8, 2021

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Come May, the hot summer month,  most of the spring season (vasantha ruthu) trees and other  plants would have already  unravelled their floral beauty.  On the other hand, two divergent plant species, a tree and a herb  with the same common name  ‘Mayflower’ mesmerise the onlookers  with…

Ashwagandha: The top-notch adaptogenic herb
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Ashwagandha: The top-notch adaptogenic herb

October 11, 2020

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist In the current Corona pandemic situation, herbal concoction are gaining importance as more and more practitioners of herbal medicine are prescribing them for boosting immunity and to keep mental health in good condition. Usage of herbs and spices for enhancing immunity and to suppress mental depression are…

Guduchi: A potent herbal immune booster
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Guduchi: A potent herbal immune booster

August 9, 2020

By Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist In recent months, ayurvedic medicines and herbs are gaining more importance for their usefulness to boost immunity besides  being used by many to defend themselves from Corona infection in the current crisis. It seems the people have reposed confidence in the age old ‘Traditional system of medicine’ as a first…

Pink Lapacho The winter delight
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Pink Lapacho The winter delight

December 29, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist With the onset of winter many a deciduous tree shed their old leaves followed by fresh growth of foliage and flowers. This phenomenon of rejuvenation begins during December in many ornamental trees lining the avenues of Mysuru. Among these ‘Pink Lapacho’ is the first to dress up…

Aparajitha: The Memory Booster
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Aparajitha: The Memory Booster

November 3, 2019

Text & photographs by Dr. Mahadeswara Swamy, Scientist Among the innumerable plants used in native system of medicines  ‘Aparajita’  stands out as a curative herb to improve memory. In Ayurveda,  it is grouped under ‘Medhya’  category forming part of  “Shirovirechanopaga” group of herbs associated with detoxification and cleansing of the brain and associated nervous system. A perennial creeper…

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